Edward Gardner conducts MENDELSOHN in BIRMINGHAM, Volumes 1 – 4

Mendelsohn in Birmingham, Volumes 1 – 4  

Volume 4  – Violin Concerto in E minor, Incidental Music to A Midsummer Night’s, Dream

Jennifer Pike – Violin, Rhian Lois & Keri Fuge – Sopranos, CBSO Youth Chorus, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra under Edward Gardner

Album of the week on Classic FM from 4th January 2016

 Order Chandos 5161 @ £12.25*

Volume 3 – Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage,  Symphony No. 2 ‘Hymn of Praise’ . Order Chandos 5151 @ £12.25*

Volume 2—Symphony No.3 ‘Scottish’, Overture Ruy Blas and Symphony No.1. Order Chandos 5139 @ £12.25*

Volume 1—The Hebrides, Symphony No.5 ‘Reformation’, Symphony No.4 ‘Italian’.Order Chandos 5132 @ £12.25*

CD Reviews for Volume 4 …

“Pike allies the luminous beauty of her tone to her innate musicality and mercurial technique to produce an exceptionally lyrical interpretation of the evergreen Violin Concerto in E minor.” The Guardian

CD Reviews for Volume 3 …

“Gardner favours bright, transparent, woodwind-highlight textures in these amiable accounts, with exquisite solo singing from the sopranos Sophie and Mary Bevan and the tenor Benjamin Hulett in the finale to Mendelssohn’s homage to Beethoven’s Choral Symphony.” The Sunday Times

“This is in every sense an absorbing account [of Calm Sea], exceptionally well played and directed with admirable facility and understanding by Gardner…[the reading of the Second Symphony] is a thoroughly committed and scholarly one, and Gardner manages to invest several of the big choruses with near theatrical conviction…this fine account should certainly impress.” International Record Review. Chandos SACD CHSA5151 @£12.25*

CD Review for Volume 2 …

“The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and its principal guest conductor, Edward Gardner, prove to be interpreters in the best tradition of the city. The symphonies Nos 1 and 3, the “Scottish”, get splendidly vital performances that go at quite a lick.” Financial Times  Order Chandos 5139 @ £12.25*

CD Reviews for Volume 1     

      Gardner’s approach is entirely logical, given Mendelssohn’s markings. The Hebrides is very dramatically played…All in all a fine trio of performances, individual for sure, and an encouraging start to what I hope will be an extended series.” Gramophone

      “The Mendelssohn in Birmingham CD series celebrates the special relationship between Birmingham’s Town Hall and the composer where Mendelssohn conducted many of his own works.

          Volume 1 consists of the popular Hebrides Overture describing in music the seas and landscapes of the Scottish Isles and two symphonies, the ‘Italian’ and ‘Reformation’. This CD offers some very exciting, fresh performances of these popular works.    Catch up on the BBC iplayer to hear BBC Radio 3’s Composer of the Week on Mendelssohn.” Liz Leatherdale, Gazette & Essex County Standard, 12 June 2015.  Order Chandos 5132 @ £12.25*


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